LSU (10-1) remained in the No. 3 spot in the AP and Coaches poll but slipped a notch to No. 4 in the Harris after struggling to fend off Arkansas, while Penn State (10-1) climbed to that No. 3 position in the Harris but stayed at No. 4 in the AP and Coaches poll after an idle week. Virginia Tech (10-1) claimed the No. 5 slot in the three polls, followed by No. 6 Ohio State (9-2).
Notre Dame (9-2) slipped to No. 7 in each of the polls after needing every minute of the game to beat Stanford, and Oregon (10-1) remained at No. 8. The bottom of the top 10 stayed the same, with Auburn (9-2) holding on to the No. 9 spot and Miami (9-2) closing out at No. 10.
Texas Tech (9-2) rose to No. 16 in the Coaches and Harris poll but stayed put at No. 18 in the AP poll following an idle week. Iowa State (7-4) dropped from the top 25 after falling victim to Kansas, but still received votes in the polls. Colorado (7-4), Oklahoma (7-4) and Nebraska (7-4) also received votes but not enough to crack the rankings.
The USA Today and Harris polls, along with an average of six computer rankings, are components of the BCS rankings. The seventh BCS standings will be released on Monday, Nov. 28.